WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

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First I’d like to thank the readers of my previous post and the feedback you gave. I don’t take it for granted that you took the time to respond positively to my post and I’ll do my best to keep encouraging you all.

The first chapter of Luke not only sets the stage for the coming of Jesus, but it also gives a detailed background of Elizabeth and Zechariah who were the parents of John the Baptist. They were both in their old age and had no children but the angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah and told him he would have a son. As lovely as this story is, what stood out to me most was the burst of emotion from Elizabeth when she found out she was pregnant.

LUKE 1: 24-25 NKJV

Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she hid herself saying, “Thus the Lord has done to ME, to TAKE AWAY my reproach (disgrace, shame) among men.”

The bible doesn’t explicitly say how long the couple were married but because they were in their old age we can conclude that they’d been married a long time.  During this period in history a woman was valued by how many children she had so Elizabeth’s words to God were truly heartfelt. She had been barren for so long that once she realized she was pregnant she had to release all the pent up anguish and frustration that had built up in her spirit. I pictured Elizabeth sitting in her room quietly; tears of joy rolling down her cheeks as she quietly whispered to God. “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for answering my prayer.”

She was grateful to God for lifting up that emotional burden off her shoulders. In fact she was so thankful that she isolated herself from the rest of the world for five months. Her miracle didn’t come from man but from God.

Zechariah on the other hand stuck by his wife during what was probably one of the most difficult moments of her life. He didn’t move on and find another wife to give him children because he knew Elizabeth was a woman of God and he CHOSE to SUPPORT her.

So what are some of the things you are thankful for today? Write them down and repeat them to yourself. It may be a difficult moment in your life but I believe there is still a lot to be thankful for because God listens to prayer no matter how impossible your situation may seem. My wife and I are hoping to move into our own home within the next year. We don’t know how it’s going to happen but one thing we know for sure is that God is with us during this process.

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